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Diverse Reads

Below is a sample of some of the diverse books in the collection.

Diverse Reads
Abdel-Fattah, Randa.  Does My Head Look Big in This?   Orchard Books, 2007.                                  YA FIC Abdel-Fattah                       Year Eleven at an exclusive prep school in the suburbs of Melbourne, Australia, would be tough enough, but it is further complicated for Amal when she decides to wear the hijab, the Muslim head scarf, full-time as a badge of her faith--without losing her identity or sense of style.
Alexie, Sherman. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. Little Brown, 2009.                       YA FIC Alexie Budding cartoonist Junior leaves his troubled school on the Spokane Indian Reservation to attend an all-white farm town school where the only other Indian is the school mascot.
Alonge, L J. Justin. Penguin, 2016. YA Sports FIC Alonge Justin is having a tough summer in his gritty Oakland neighborhood. In order to distance himself from his alcoholic father and his…

Teen Writing Contest

The Houston Public Library is running its first teen writing contest. Subjects for your short story or poem are limited only by your imagination. Entries will be judged on originality, use of language and technical skill. You can submit to both categories – short story and poetry.
Categories: 1A – Poetry: Grades 6-8 1B – Short Story:  Grades 6-8 2A – Poetry: Grades 9-12 2B – Short Story: Grades 9-12
All entries will have to adhere to contest rules and deadlines. Entries will be judged on the following: Originality Use of Language Technical Skill
Prizes for Each Category: 1st Prize = $25 Barnes & Noble Gift Card 2nd Prize = $15 Barnes & Noble Gift Card 3rd Prize = $10 Barnes & Noble Gift Card
How to Submit Entry:

By Mail: Houston Public Library | Attn: Rebecca Denham - Teen Room | 500 McKinney St., 77002. Use the fillable PDF form.
Online: complete the form below. Don't forget to upload your document file!
Contest Submission Rules:
Participants must be a current student b…